Tag: rijkaard

The decline of Dutch ball-playing centre-backs

BARRY HULSHOFF – beard unkempt, socks rolled down and a mullet with a life of its own – was something of a prototype. Looking something like the love child of Rod Stewart…

Frank Rijkaard: the reluctant one

Delving into the treasure troves of Dutch football’s history is an often emotive and enriching experience. Juxtaposed to the relative mediocrity of the present, the Netherlands’ footballing past showcases a talent pool…

Barcelona 2003/04: the year of faith that preceded greatness

The home fans at La Rosaleda are chanting “A Segunda, A Segunda”, taunting their travelling counterparts with the suggestion that they are in danger of being relegated. It’s December 2003 and Juande…